OAP’s 160-gun ‘se­cret’

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A PEN­SIONER who vol­un­teered for the Sa­mar­i­tans and helped vic­tims of crime had 160 banned guns stashed at his house, a court heard.

Paul Bushell’s “se­cret” horde of weapons in­cluded loaded as­sault ri­fles and ma­chine guns.

They were found by fire­fight­ers tack­ling a blaze at the prop­erty.

The 74-year-old re­tired oil worker was at a friend’s birth­day party when he learned of the fire and told an­other guest: “I might be in a lot of trouble.”

Mirac­u­lously, none of the weapons ex­ploded in the blaze in May this year which de­stroyed the house he shared with his wife in Gilling­ham, Kent.

His fam­ily knew noth­ing about the stash, Maid­stone Crown Court was told.

Ben­jamin Har­g­reaves, de­fend­ing,said: “He liked hav­ing a se­cret.”

Bushell, ad­mit­ted seven of­fences of pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited weapon and six counts of pos­sess­ing am­mu­ni­tion. He will be sen­tenced today.

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